Our Year 4 pupils have returned from an amazing residential stay at the Dean Field Studies Centre.
Set in the beautiful and historic setting of Parkend, in the heart of the Forrest of Dean, this was the first opportunity for some children to stay away from home. However, this didn’t stop them engaging and enjoying all the outdoor activities.
Learning independence and resilience, the children were involved in many fun and challenging tasks, the foremost being able to carry a suitcase up three flights of stairs and then make your own bed! After the first of many hearty lunches, we immediately set to the activities on offer.
Some groups began by scaling a 9 metre climbing wall and descending the zip wiring, this took an enormous amount of courage but was truly exhilarating (just ask Mrs Greening). The stream study and forest walk with a nature scavenger hunt taught the children about ecology and respect for our environment. They learnt just how fragile life can be for some creatures in our environment how important it is to look after it. Did you know, by monitoring the vertebrate in our streams and studying what insects live there, we can monitor how clean the water is!
We saw iron minerals seeping into the stream, picked and sampled natural wood sorrel and learnt about the history of the Forest. Tunneling and problem solving activities were among many other opportunities to develop resilience and perseverance skills. This year, there was the added bonus of a ball pit to dive into and an amazing fire pit to sit around in the evening, sip hot chocolate and sing camp fire songs.
Above all, the children were very well behaved and had the most incredible time. They were a pleasure to take away and we are very proud of them. We’re sure the children will have memories that will last a lifetime.